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Abstract: In this 8:30 min. video, New York Times Magazine Chief Correspondent Mark Leibovich tells the story of the Colin Kaepernick controversy, describing the football player’s initial protest, its ripple effects throughout the NFL and the country, President Trump’s combative response to it, and the Nike campaign, among other pivotal moments.
Learning objective: This video can be used to inform class discussions about protest movements in sports, race discrimination and police violence, social justice, culture wars, polarization in U.S. politics, and how antagonists in a conflict go about defining the issue at the heart of it and creating networks of support. It can be used as an assignment for students to view ahead of class or played at the beginning of the class session.